Lots of girls buy too many shoes, handbags or dresses. I buy too many books. Although, I guess there’s no such thing as too many books. In amongst the lovely book blogging community, I’m sure I’m not the only one. And while I’ve found some amazing books and authors through book blogging, it’s also the reason my book collection has boomed in recent years.
My ever-growing hoard of books was fine until I had to move and realised how heavy boxes of books were. Space is fairly limited in our house, so storing my books remains a bit of a juggling act. Whenever I buy something new I practically have to rearrange my entire bookshelf to fit it in. But to be honest, the organisational part of me loves this.
There’s one massive problem with my book collection though. There are so many unread books on my shelves. And no matter how many unread books are on my shelf, I can’t help going to the library and borrowing more, or buying a new release I’ve been dying to read (which I probably won’t read for months).
When I look at my bookshelves, I often feel guilty about those unread books. Embarrassingly, some have been there over three years. But then I get excited. After all, there’s so much potential in those neatly stacked shelves. There are books my friends and fellow bloggers have given me, with promises of brilliance. There are also the books which end a series I don’t want to finish and the books I bought because the cover was just so damn good. There’s a lot of expectation resting on my shelves and perhaps part of me doesn’t want to shatter the perfect book I’ve been imagining.
I slowed down my book buying last year, pretty much only picking up new books while on holiday in places with awesomely big book shops. This year I’m much more comfortable buying more and more books, although I still love a good library visit as well. I’m pretty lucky that my library gets new releases very promptly. Still, I think it’s about time I got stuck into those unread books!
What are your bookshelves like? Do you have masses of unread books as well, or is it just me? How do you manage your TBR pile?
P.S. Yes, those books above are ones I haven’t quite got around to yet…